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Former NFL player pleads guilty to DUI

Texas football fans may remember Justin Blackmon from his Oklahoma State days or from his brief NFL stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Blackmon has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge stemming from his arrest in Oklahoma in December. He will be sentenced on June 8.

According to police, Blackmon was driving his 2015 Jeep Wrangler in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Dec. 21 when an officer pulled him over for a faulty brake light. During the traffic stop, the officer smelled alcohol and asked Blackmon and his passenger if they had been drinking. They reportedly told the officer they had been drinking at a bar, but Blackmon claimed he had consumed only two drinks. He was given a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was then given a preliminary breath test, which he also failed. He refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Blackmon was transported to the Carter County Jail and charged with DUI. It was his third arrest on alcohol-related charges. In 2010, he was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Texas, but it was reduced to underage alcohol possession. In 2012 he was arrested in Oklahoma for allegedly having a blood alcohol level three times higher than the legal limit. He was also arrested on marijuana charges in Oklahoma in 2014.

Blackmon, a wide receiver who caught 64 passes his rookie season, was placed in the NFL's substance abuse program after his second drunk driving arrest. The league placed him on indefinite suspension in 2013 for violating its substance abuse policy.

Individuals facing a drunk driving charge can face jail time, fines and the loss of driving privileges if convicted. Their career opportunities could suffer as well. All of these potential sanctions make it advisable to have the assistance of an attorney in combating these charges, such as by asserting that the traffic stop that led to the arrest was made without probable cause.

Source: ESPN, "Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI," April 28, 2016

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